What are your names?
We’ve got Tom (Vocals), Dale (Guitar), Fin (Bass) and Dave (Drums)
What is the bands name?
We are The Trusted
How did you come up with the bands name?
We wanted a name that was a) not already in use and b) didn’t sound too ridiculous. We spent quite a while trying to find it (everything cool was already taken haha). The Trusted comes from a Nick Lowe song, ‘Peace Love and Understanding.’ We heard it, liked it and found that no one else was using the name. So we quickly adopted it and now it fits quite nicely! I like the fact it doesn’t really mean anything; the ambiguity gives us musical freedom to do what we want.
What is your genre of music?
In terms of style I guess we are wedged somewhere in-between indie and alternative rock. We try not to think about style too much, we just go where the music takes us!
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
We formed in mid 2016. Dale and I met when I was 12 and had been writing music for a few years prior. Along the way we picked up my brother Fin on bass and in 2016 we met Dave (drums). When the four of us got in a room together for the first time, it felt special; it felt like we had found something. We named our new special thing ‘the trusted’ and we’ve been building it ever since!
What made you go in to music?
For me (Tom) I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember. I was brought up in a music-orientated house. My parents can’t play anything but they both live and breath it. It was never forced down my throat; I just naturally gravitated towards it. When I was a baby I would bop along to Van Morrison and binge watch The Blues Brothers. Ever since then, I’ve always wanted to make music.
Are you a signed?
We are not signed, no
You set to your new single ‘ Cigarettes and Chandeliers’, tell us more about it.
Cigarettes and Chandeliers, is a song about the messy side of vanity and power. It all started with the riff, we stumbled across it, instantly fell in love with it and then built the rest of the song around it. Lyrically, it came together very quickly. I took inspiration from a couple of bigheaded guys I met at a few different parties. It’s definitely a much darker song compared to our last single, ‘No Real Control.’
What was the writing process like?
Like all our songs, It was very collaborative. When it comes to writing to whole band gets involved. We try and keep things a democracy. With this track, the riff did all the talking. We just followed.
What was the recording process like?
Well we had been working on the song for about 8 months leading up to the recording process so we put it down very quickly. We all knew what we wanted it to sound like so when we got to the studio we just followed our ears.
How would you describe it to a new audience?
I would describe it as a rock song with weight.
Describe the track in two words.
Will you be releasing a EP or Album this year?
Maybe… we’ll see. We are currently planning an EP, but that might an early next year thing. Keep your eyes peeled…Who knows what could happen!
Do you have gigs coming up or a tour in planning?
We are playing a few dates in Italy in November. We can’t wait for that!
What else can we expect from you this year?
More gig announcements and maybe some new music
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
We don’t at the moment. We’ve been focusing heavily on our own song writing skills. We are always trying to reach that better tune. I guess you could say that The trusted is a collaborative project. Our band is dependent on the sum of its part; everyone gets involved in the songwriting process
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Well, we are open to everything and anything so I guess, yeah! If anyone is interested, I would recommend dropping us a line through Instagram or Facebook!
Do you play any instruments?
Well as the singer, I predominantly sing in the band but I can also play guitar and piano. I do play guitar on some for some of our tracks but I mainly leave that to Dale haha.
Who are your influences?
As a band, we all have our own individual influences and they all find their way into ‘The Trusted sound.’ Fin has got a taste for older rock such as The Who, The Beatles, The Police. Dave is really into stuff like The Strokes and The 1975. Dale takes a lot from Hip-Hop and I guess I like a bit of everything!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
As the lyric writer, I take inspiration from everywhere. Sometimes you hear someone say something or sometimes you read something. The world is always changing and I’m always writing. Obviously as a band, we are always listening to music and take a lot from that. Dale, Fin and Dave are always coming up new riffs and chord sequences. It has always been an exciting process
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully still learning, creating and evolving as a musician. I hope the band is a more efficient well-oiled machine in 5 years!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Trying to make money, where we can haha. We’ve all got little jobs on the side
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
That’s tough question! It depends when you ask me. If you’d asked me when I was 16, it would have been ‘Freedom At 21’ by Jack White. That song gave me a big kick.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
‘Don’t stop, keep going’- Ken Withrington (My Music teacher from school). Simple and very cliché but still key.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Always go with what your gut says, don’t change for ANYONE and never stop!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
‘Follow that’-Jerry Lee Lewis (He said this to Chuck Berry after setting fire to his piano and walking off stage)
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Old Leigh. It’s an old fishing village! There are some great pubs down there and a great atmosphere
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
2/ Who do you see first?
3/What do you eat first?
What ever is left in the fridge
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
That gig smell
The ground shaking
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